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Jedi Knight
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I know little about routers and want to get one for my home. I have a verizon usb 720 that i use to get on the internet and want to not use it while I'm in my house. I want one that allows for more then one devise to log on to use the internet in time (for my kids). Should I buy new or should I get an older model? Apple not apple?
I have a macbookand a ibookG4 right now.

I have an old airport base station serial Number FQ3394VDM2C that I don't think I can use its so old. Is that right?

thanks Kelly
 
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Do you have internet access coming into the house aside from the USB 720 device? Cable or DSL modem?
 
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Depending on who your Internet provider will be at your home, they may offer to supply you with a wireless router. Your old airport will work but it will be slow compared to a more current model. (the serial number you supplied doesn't tell us much - a model number would be more helpful).


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Posts: 2117 | Location: Orion Twp, Michigan | Registered: July 25, 2003Reply With QuoteReport This Post
Jedi Knight
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USB 720 device is the only way I have internet. There is not cable or dsl out where I am.
Model # M8440 for my Airport.
 
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A router will not get you on the internet without some type of signal source. You must have cable or DSL. A router is connected to some sort of modem (cable or DSL) which provides the internet connectivity and is then multiplied into more than one signal that can be connected to by multiple computers (wired or wireless). Otherwise each computer would need a Verizon USB 720 or equal.
 
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Well, if that is the only way you can access the internet then that is what you will have to use. Assuming you are using a Mac, you can share that connection with your other computers and wireless devices within range by turning on Internet in the Sharing and keeping that computer on. You say Share your Connection from whatever to Computers Using whatever. This makes your computer an access point and it acts like a wireless router for you. This has been available on Macs for a long time.
 
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The USB720 will work with devices like this Cradlepoint CTR350 to connect several devices at the same time. http://3gstore.com/index.php?m...h=35&products_id=610 There are other similar devices available.

The CR350 provides wireless connectivity and one Ethernet port - the Ethernet port can serve several wired devices by using an Ethernet switch.
 
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If you have Sprint network cellphone coverage in your area, you could consider the Mifi device on VirginMobile (owned by Sprint), which gives you the ability to connect up to 5 devices Wirelessly. The Mifi costs $150 and unlimited service is $40 per month. This is the most economical price and plan for this device. I got mine at Best Buy. They are in great demand and hard to find. You can use it while plugged in, but you can also carry it around and get about 4 hours out of a charge. The battery is replaceable.
 
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So on the CTR350 do I connect my USB720 to that??? sorry I don't know much like I said. then open my verison software and my Macbook will see it?
 
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So on the CTR350 do I connect my USB720 to that??


Yes. And then use the Airport connection from your MacBook. The Verizon software on the MacBook would be unused since the USB720 is connected to the router, not the MacBook.
 
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Poobah
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So this would allow multiple wireless devices in close proximity to share the signal coming in over the USB 720? This uses up whatever monthly bandwidth faster though. I wonder if this would run the bill up excessively. And if that USB720 needs to go away from the house with the laptop, then the other devices have no Internet access until it returns homeatTnat seems workable as long as there's no one home needing Internet access at the same time.
 
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Donna,

You have it exactly correct. Last time I looked, 5GB was the largest limit for Verizon. Alternate connection sources for large laptop downloads are: Friend, Panera, McDonalds, many Libraries, ... The list goes on. The first choice is best.
 
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What I like particularly about the Mifi on VirginMobile is that it is $40 per month unlimited. The coverage is probably not as wide as Verizon, but the price is better.
 
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Good news for me is that I have had my verizon connection so long I have no GB restrictions it is actually unlimited for real, it was grandfathered in. So I'm not worried about the limites they have on nowadays data packages.
 
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It also appears that Verizon will finally be rolling out 4G sometime in December.


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Posts: 1421 | Location: Clawson, MI USA | Registered: July 25, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Also for those that would like to get a MiFi, but DON'T need it all the time (say only for travel), then Virgin is the only ones I know of with a Pay-as-you-go plan with no contracts!


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